What’s the Fuss About Halloween in Japan?

Halloween in Japan

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Halloween in Japan this time.

What’s the Fuss About Halloween in Japan?

If you are from the west, I suppose it’s no longer necessary to explain what Halloween is. It’s not a Japanese custom at all. However, it has become a big event/business last decade or longer. It’s a bit mix with Japanese cosplay culture . Not much of trick-or-treating at doors by kids but more grownups in costumes can be seen on the night of Halloween.

Here are two most popular Halloween events in Japan. It may be good reference to see how it looks like.

Kawasaki Halloween (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Kawasaki Halloween is one of the biggest Halloween events in Japan which started in 1997. It’s gotten bigger every year and now more than 10,000 people visit to see the parade by cosplayers. Considered family-friendly as well (held during the day, etc). It’s well-organized.

Reference: https://kawasakihalloween.com/

Shibuya Halloween (Tokyo)

Shibuya is one popular spot in Tokyo. It is said that 1.2 million people gather at night. Sounds & looks fun but with some participants with lack of manner, the city may restrict by charging entrance fee, etc. to prevent security problems. It only reminds me of the world cup soccer if you know what I mean. (=_=)

Other Cities

It’s been spreading in small cities as well. Our home town Okayama City though as far as I know Matador bar throws a Halloween party every year. Check it out if ya interested.

4 Popular Bars in Okayama City

Lastly

How do you find it? Happy Halloween ☆(>v・)

See you around!

Top 10 Japanese Autumn Songs

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Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce Japanese Autumn songs this time. J-pop, enka, and some kids songs. Actually there is a bunch of songs for Autumn. Here we go.

Top 10 Japanese Autumn Songs

Miagetegoran Yoru no Hoshiwo (見あげてごらん夜の星を) by Kyu Sakamoto

Year Released: 1963

A classy song by the Sukiyaki singer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMCNn7lZ-6M

Cosmos (秋桜) by Momoe Yamaguchi

Year Released: 1977

An idol singer from the late 70’s who had a shocking early retirement in 1980.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GrhwErRkMg

 

Iihi Tabidachi (いい日旅立ち) by Momoe Yamaguchi

Year Released: 1978

Another song of her. It is still used on a TV commercial of a travel company.

 

Sayonara (さよなら)by Of Course

Year Released: 1979

One of popular folk bands in the 70’s.

 

Koibitoyo (恋人よ) by Mayumi Itsuwa

Year Released: 1980

Sort of enka? An Autumn broken-heart song.

 

Koyoi no Tsuki no youni (今宵の月のように) by Elephant Kashimashi

Year Released: 1997

Tuski (moon) seems to represents Autumn.

 

Kaede (楓) by Spitz

Year Released: 1998

A popular soft rock band from the 90’s.

 

Tuki no Shizuku (月のしずく) by RUI

Year Released: 2003

It was a theme song of a film that this actress stared. Turned a big hit.

 

Mikazuki (三日月) by Ayaka

Year Released: 2006

It’s rather new compared to others but definitely one of the most popular Autumn songs of all already.

 

Kids Songs

Momiji (紅葉)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcpFoNLxVS4

 

Chiisai Aki (小さい秋)

 

Aka Tombo (赤とんぼ)

 

Donguri Korokoro (どんぐりころころ)

 

Takibi (たき火)

 

Lastly

How do you find it? What’s your favorite Autumn song? Why don’t you share with us in the comment?

See you around!